26 July 2013

Tunisia: Political Parties and Civil Society Components Announce Formation of National Salvation Front

Tunis — Political parties and civil society components announced the formation of a National Salvation Front, at the end of a meeting held on Friday, to discuss the political situation in the country after the assassination of politician Mohamed Brahmi.

According to a communiqué made public on Friday, this Front will see to it to form a national higher authority for national salvation to be tasked, in collaboration with experts in constitutional law, with finishing off drafting of the Constitution within two months, to be submitted later to referendum.

This Front will also form a national salvation government whose members will not stand for the forthcoming elections. The new government will be led by an independent and consensual political personality and will take a set of urgent economic, social, political and security measures and will prepare free and transparent democratic elections.

In their communiqué, participants in this meeting blame the Ennahdha Movement for the upsurge of violence and proliferation of political crime which targeted Lotfi Naghdh, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.

They also called for carrying on as of Friday, peaceful protests and sit-ins in front of the local and regional ruling headquarters and the National Constituent Assembly to demand its dissolution and of the interim authorities.

The same source specifies that political parties and civil society components call the Tunisian people for a peaceful civil disobedience by ensuring a minimum of social and health services, holding the Ennahdha movement responsible for any provocation from militia against the people.

The communiqué was signed by the Workers' Party, Nidaa Tounes, the Ettakatol reforming movement, El Kotb, the Socialist Party, the Farmers' Voice, the Arab Democratic Vanguard Party, The Tunisian Anti-Torture Organisation and the Union of Unemployed Graduates.

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